May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin

Petroleum Engineering, M.E.

The objective of the Master of Engineering (M.E.) program in petroleum engineering is to educate the student in both professional engineering and research.

Learning Outcomes

Master of Engineering graduates are expected to:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


Requirements for admission to the Graduate School, including English proficiency, may be found in the Admission  section of this Bulletin.

In addition, applicants to the graduate program in petroleum engineering must have an official copy of their scores in the GRE General Test submitted to the Graduate School and have a 3.0 minimum overall grade point average in undergraduate study or approval of the graduate program advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School. Applicants must designate their major fields of research interest.

It is emphasized that these are minimum requirements. The qualifications of students entering the program are expected to substantially exceed the minimum requirements. A student who meets only the minimum requirements may be denied admission. The total number of students pursuing graduate degrees will be limited. Applicants are selected for admission throughout the year.

Curriculum Requirements

Non-thesis master’s program students are initially advised by the graduate program advisor appointed by the Chair of the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering .

Students enrolled in the master’s program in petroleum engineering must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average. To obtain a master’s degree, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in petroleum engineering courses taken for graduate credit at The University of Tulsa.

Not more than 6 hours of coursework with grades of C are acceptable in the Master’s program.

Courses taken for graduate credit in other programs shall be selected from those listed in this Bulletin and are subject to the approval of the advisor. No more than 6 credit hours of approved courses can be transferred.

Minimum credit hours outside major department 3
Credit hours of Master’s Project (PE 7911-3 ) Optional 3
Minimum credit hours of at least 7000-level courses, excluding Master’s Project 21
Minimum credit hours in major department including at least two core courses:
PE 7013 , PE 7023 , and PE 7063 , but excluding Master’s Project
Maximum credit hours of approved 6000-level courses 9
Maximum credit hours of independent study 3
Enrollment in Graduate Seminar in first two semesters (spring and fall) 0
Minimum total credit hours 30

Graduate Seminar Requirement

Students must also enroll in PE 7220  their first two semesters, in addition to any other courses chosen with the graduate program advisor.